Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world and lies high in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Andorra la Vella (Andorra the Old), a town of about 22,000 people, is the capital.

In 1993, the people of Andorra adopted their first constitution. The constitution strictly limited the role of the princes in the government and placed responsibility for governing Andorra in the hands of an elected prime minister and parliament.

Many tourists visit Andorra each year. Enjoying the rugged beauty of the mountains, the old churches, and the quaintness of the countryside. In addition, large numbers of people go to Andorra each year to purchase goods that are relatively inexpensive because Andorra charges almost no tax on them.

Know before you go

CAPITAL: Andorra la Vella

LANGUAGE: Catalan (Official), French, Castilia and Portuguese

COUNTRY CODE: AD

ELECTRICITY: 220V, 50Hz
To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required

POPULATION: 77,322

CURRENCY: Euro

DIALLING CODE: +376

TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1

Climate

Andorra is an ideal destination if you like skiing; the season begins around the middle of December and lasts until the end of March beginning of April depending on the snowfall.

If you prefer to go in the warmer season then plan to go between July through to September, when the temperature is milder.

Travel Warning

Most visits to Andorra are trouble-free. Street crime is rare, but you should take care of your personal belongings.

Be alert to the possible use of ‘date rape’ and other drugs including ‘GHB’ and liquid ecstasy. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times to make sure they are not spiked; female travellers should be particularly careful.

Terrorist attacks in Andorra can’t be ruled out. You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public places, including those frequented by foreign travellers.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk

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